Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang
Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Elneny, Lacazette
Arsenal got back to winning ways as an Aaron Ramsey hat-trick, a trio of assists from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a debut goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and a strike from Laurent Koscielny gave them a 5-1 over Everton at the Emirates this evening.
Arsene Wenger handed starts to both new signings, Aubameyang an Mkhitaryan, with Alexandre Lacazette dropping to the bench.
There was a nervousness in the first minute, with Mustafi almost caught in possession, but the Gunners settled down and in the 6th minute went ahead. Arsenal worked the ball from midfield into Aubameyang, he played it first time to Mkhitaryan, and his excellent low cross was met on the edge of the six yard box by Ramsey who sidefooted home. 1-0.
The Armenian came close to doubling the lead shortly afterwards, cracking a shot just wide of the post, and nice work from Iwobi saw Ramsey create a chance for Aubameyang but his shot deflected wide off Williams. Ozil took the corner, Mustafi flicked it on and Koscielny was there to stoop and head home from close range. 2-0.
It got even better a few minutes later when Ramsey got his second of the game. Iwobi fed Ozil down the left, the German kept running, played it back to him, he laid it into the path of the Welshman whose shot from 25 yards flew into the net with a deflection of Mangala’s arse. 3-0.
The Gunners had Mustafi to thank for an incredible block on Theo Walcott after the former Arsenal man looked certain to get one back for his new club, and in the 33rd minute Aubameyang had his first real chance of the game when sent in behind by Ozil. He raced through on goal but saw his left-footed shot saved by the feet of Pickford.
He wasn’t to be denied a debut goal though, and it came just four minutes later. Arsenal worked it through midfield, Mkhitaryan fed Aubameyang – who was offside – but the striker clipped the ball over the keeper from close range, what a finish. 4-0.
It gave us an impressive lead going into the break, and at half-time there was a chance with Sead Kolasinac coming on for Monreal who picked up a knock in the first period.
The visitors were fired up at the start of the second half, Walcott had a shot blocked and after carelessness in possession, the former Gunner crossed for Niasse whose close range effort came back off the post.
At the other end Mkhitaryan had a sight of goal but his shot was weak, and the game felt a bit flat. Walcott was replaced by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and the substitute got one back for Everton when he headed home in the 64th minute, and Arsenal made their second change when Ospina replaced Cech who had picked up an injury in an earlier clash with Niasse.
The mood was lifted though with another excellent Arsenal goal in the 74th minute. Mkhitaryan won the ball back with a good tackle high up the pitch, he spotted Ramsey free in the box, found him with a great pass and the Welshman drilled home a low shot for his hat-trick. 5-1.
He was immediately replaced, to a great ovation, by Jack Wilshere. Calvert-Lewin had another chance but skewed his effort well wide, and the Everton man tried to buy a penalty but the referee was having none of it.
In the end, a lot to enjoy about what we did today, some freshness to the team and the way it played and, of course, three points.